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See detailA Phylogenomic analysis of the origin of plastids
Cornet, Luc ULg; Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 24)

Cyanobacteria are a morphologically diverse phylum, with their first occurrence dating from the Precambrian. Oxygenic photosynthesis appeared in this group during the same geological period. Several ... [more ▼]

Cyanobacteria are a morphologically diverse phylum, with their first occurrence dating from the Precambrian. Oxygenic photosynthesis appeared in this group during the same geological period. Several publications have established, without any doubt, that plastids (both primary and complex) form a monophyletic ensemble emerging from Cyanobacteria. However, the exact position of plastids within Cyanobacteria is still uncertain, with several recent papers leading to very different hypotheses. Here we present a phylogenomic analysis of the origin of plastids. Our study takes advantage of all the available genomes and thus represents the best taxonomic sampling seen so far: 140 genomes of Cyanobacteria, 101 genomes of plastids and 27 outgroups taken in Melainabacteria and Chloroflexi. It results in an analysis using state-of-the-art methods (e.g., orthology assessment using USEARCH and OrthoMCL, phylogenetic inference using CAT and CAT-GTR models) based on more than 160 protein alignments totalizing over 20,000 unambiguously aligned amino acids. To confirm our results, we performed gene jackknife inferences and gene reconciliation analyses on the same dataset. We expect that out approach accounts for potential phylogenetic artefacts due to changes in the evolutionary process having occurred when the guest cyanobacterium became an endosymbiont and eventually a plastid. Meanwhile, we improve the phylogeny of Cyanobacteria per se, notably because of the presence of Melainabacteria in our dataset. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardisation of 25(OH)-vitamin D assays: beware of limitations
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

Conference (2014, June 24)

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See detailBodies of Evidence: An Anthropology of the Health Claim
Hendrickx, Kim ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

How can a food or food ingredient be proven healthy, without calling it a drug? In this thesis, I make an attempt at understanding the stakes of a heated debate involving scientists from the food industry ... [more ▼]

How can a food or food ingredient be proven healthy, without calling it a drug? In this thesis, I make an attempt at understanding the stakes of a heated debate involving scientists from the food industry, academia, and the European regulatory authorities. The centrality and importance of 'science' in the debate is remarkable, and merits our full attention. The 'science' that is disputed between 'industry' and 'the regulatory authorities', and that serves as a vehicle for their credibility and authority respectively, consists of a very particular practice of putting molecules to the test in clinical trials. The clinical trial in drug testing allows for making a qualitative leap from a molecule's biological action to its therapeutic effect. In the case of food, it is not permitted to define the molecule's therapeutics in relation to pathology, otherwise the substance tips over and becomes a drug. The shared concern of all scientists involved in the debate is to avoid this 'tipping point'. What the debate shows, is not so much an opposition between 'corporate science' and 'regulatory science', but an uneasy relationship between the ecology of pharmaceutical drugs, and an ecology-yet-to-be-made for food therapeutics. Such an ecology rests upon a pattern of collaboration -or agencement- between materials and humans pertaining to different realms of production, regulation and science. As such, the terms of the debate on healthy food ingredients can be reformulated in more precise terms than 'industry' versus 'the authorities', or 'good science' versus 'bad science', which only come to exacerbate a deeper-lying tension that is technical and political at once. At stake are our conceptions of health and disease, cure and prevention, and the professionals that have the authority to talk about health in present-day Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a multiplexed surface-enhanced Raman scattering quantitative approach for bisphenols detection
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 23)

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic activity [1]. Despite its health toxicity, BPA is present in a broad variety of consumer goods released from plastic bottles and packaging for example. Since the discovery of its adverse health effect of BPA, the manufacturers tend to use structural analogues of BPA such as BPS, BPF and BPB to produce plastic materials [2]. However, the health safety of these molecules is still not demonstrated. Currently, bisphenols are actively researched and quantified using solid phase extraction and chromatography techniques which are time and solvents consuming. Therefore, it could be very interesting to quantify simultaneously bisphenols using a fast and “green” technique. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) exalts dramatically the Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed or very closed to metallic surface enabling to detect very low amounts of analytes while keeping the structural information obtained from the spectrum which is very interesting to consider multiplexed analyses [3-4]. Moreover, SERS, which is a solvent free and fast acquisition technique, is an attractive tool in “Green Chemistry” [5]. In this context, the development of a multiplexed quantitative approach to detect bisphenol was considered. Silver nanoparticles (AgNps) were selected as SERS substrate and their functionalization was investigated taking into account the weak affinity of phenolic molecules for gold and silver surface [6]. Pyridine was selected as surface modifier and allowed to attract bisphenols around metallic surface thanks to hydrophobic interaction and hydrogen bonds [7]. Afterwards, the SERS samples preparation was optimized playing on the concentrations of pyridine and aggregating agent used to get the nanoparticles closer to each other which promotes the SERS effect. Tap water samples were spiked with different concentration of BPA from 5 ppb to 1000 ppb and analyzed using the optimized SERS sample preparation. A good linearity of the response was observed and a calibration curve with coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.9922 was obtained by plotting the intensity of a principal band of BPA versus the concentration. This last step was repeated using BPB as analyte and a calibration curve with a R2 of 0.9991 was obtained for the same range of concentration using a specific band intensity of BPB. Finally, tap water samples were spiked with different concentrations of BPA and BPB simultaneously and analyzed using SERS and it was possible to detect selectively the two molecules thanks to specific bands and a good linearity of the response was observed for both. To conclude, promising results were obtained which pave the way to “green” multiplexed quantitative analyses of very low concentrated analytes using SERS. References: [1] J.-H. Kang et al., Toxicology 226 (2006) 79-89 [2] C. Liao et al., J. Agric. Food Chem. 61 (2013) 4655-4662 [3] K. Kneipp et al., Chem. Rev. 99 (1999) 2957-2975. [4] R.F. Aroca et al., Adv.Colloid Interface Sci. 116 (2005) 45-61. [5] C. De Bleye et al., Talanta 116 (2013) 899-905. [6] X.X. Han et al., Anal. Chem., 83 (2011) 8582-8588. [7] B. San Vicente et al., Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 380 (2004) 115-122. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical abundances of fast-rotating OB stars
Cazorla, Constantin ULg; Morel, Thierry ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 23)

Fast rotation in massive stars is predicted to induce mixing in their interior, but recent observations have challenged this concept by revealing a population of fast-rotating stars with normal nitrogen ... [more ▼]

Fast rotation in massive stars is predicted to induce mixing in their interior, but recent observations have challenged this concept by revealing a population of fast-rotating stars with normal nitrogen abundances at their surface (Hunter et al. 2009, A&A, 496, 841; Brott et al. 2011, A&A, 530, A116, but see Maeder et al. 2014, A&A, 565, A39). However, as the binary fraction of these stars is unknown, the importance of mass-transfer processes cannot be quantified. As a result, no definitive statements about the ability of single-star evolutionary models including rotation to reproduce these observations can be made. Our work combines for the first time a detailed surface abundance analysis with a radial-velocity monitoring for a sample of bright, fast-rotating Galactic OB stars to put strong constraints on stellar evolutionary and interior models. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of decoherence-free states caused by dipole-dipole interactions
Damanet, François ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

Decoherence, known as the consequence of the coupling of any quantum system to its environment, causes information loss in the system and represents a major problem in the physical realization of quantum ... [more ▼]

Decoherence, known as the consequence of the coupling of any quantum system to its environment, causes information loss in the system and represents a major problem in the physical realization of quantum computers [1]. Decoherence-Free States (DFS) are considered as a possible solution to this problem. A set of trapped cold atoms placed in a DFS state will be immune against decoherence due to spontaneous emission. However, because of dipole-dipole interactions between atoms, induced dephasing effects are likely to destroy the coherence and drive the system out of its DFS [1, 2]. In this work, we study numerically the dynamics of a set of two-level atoms initially in a DFS with respect to dissipative processes by solving the master equation including both dissipative dynamics and dipole dipole interactions. We fo- cus our attention on the infuence of dipolar coupling on the radiated energy rate and coherence of the system as in [3]. In particular, by averaging over many realizations of close randomly distributed atomic positions, we show the formation of a superradiant-like pulse and we study its properties as a function of the dipolar coupling strength. [1] D. A. Lidar & K. B. Whaley, Lectures Notes in Phys., Vol. 622, p83-120, Springer (2003). [2] M. Gross & S. Haroche, Physics reports 93, 301-396 (1982). [3] W. Feng, Y. Li & S-Y. Zhu, Phys. Rev. A 88, 033856 (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailGeneration of artificial magnetic fields using dipole-dipole interactions
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

In 1996, Lloyd [1] showed that the dynamics of complex many-body quantum systems can be efficiently simulated by quantum computers, an idea first put forward by Manin [2] and further developed by Feynman ... [more ▼]

In 1996, Lloyd [1] showed that the dynamics of complex many-body quantum systems can be efficiently simulated by quantum computers, an idea first put forward by Manin [2] and further developed by Feynman [3]. Although the first quantum computers of a few qubits have been realised experimentally [4, 5], the advent of scalable quantum computers might take another few decades. An alternative tool in the context of simulation is a highly controllable quantum system able to mimic the dynamics of other complex quantum systems, known as an analog quantum simulator. Cold neutral atoms and trapped ions have been shown to be versatile quantum simulators [6, 7] thanks to their high flexibility, controllability, and scalability. They permit one to study a wide range of problems arising from atomic physics, relativistic quantum physics, or cosmology [8]. Since neutral atoms do not carry any net charge, the simulation of electric and magnetic condensed matter phenomena, such as the spin Hall effect, seems out of reach. To overcome this apparent difficulty, the idea has been proposed to create artificial electromagnetic potentials for neutral atoms based on atom-light interaction [9– 12]. These artificial potentials act on neutral atoms as real electromagnetic potentials act on charged particles. Many works on artificial gauge potentials induced by atom-light interactions adopt a single-particle approach [12]. The predicted potentials are then supposed to be valid for a system of weakly interacting atoms. So far, the consequences of atom-atom interactions on the generation of artificial gauge fields has little been studied. The aim of this work is to study the artificial gauge fields arising from the interaction of two Rydberg atoms driven by a common laser field [13]. In this situation, we show that the combined atom-atom and atom-field interactions give rise to nonuniform, artificial gauge potentials. We identify the mechanism responsible for the emergence of these gauge potentials. Analytical expressions for the latter indicate that the strongest artificial magnetic fields are reached in the regime intermediate between the dipole blockade regime and the regime in which the atoms are sufficiently far apart such that atom-light interaction dominates over atom-atom interactions. We discuss the differences and similarities of artificial gauge fields originating from resonant dipole-dipole [14] and van der Waals [15] interactions. We also give an estimation of experimentally attainable artificial magnetic fields resulting from this mechanism and we discuss their detection through the deflection of the atomic motion. [1] S. Lloyd, Science 273, 1073 (1996). [2] Yu. I. Manin, Computable and uncomputable, Sovetskoye Radio, Moscow, 1980. [3] R. P. Feynman, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 21, 467 (1982). [4] L. DiCarlo, J. M. Chow, J. M. Gambetta, Lev S. Bishop, B. R. Johnson, D. I. Schuster, J. Majer, A. Blais, L. Frunzio, S. M. Girvin, and R. J. Schoelkopf, Nature 460, 240 (2009). [5] N. Xu, J. Zhu, D. Lu, X. Zhou, X. Peng, and J. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 130501 (2012). [6] I. Buluta and F. Nori, Science 326, 108 (2009). [7] I. Bloch, J. Dalibard and S. Nascimbéne, Nature Physics 8, 267 (2012). [8] R. Blatt and C. F. Roos, Nature Physics 8, 277 (2012). [9] G. Juzeliunas and P. Öhberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 033602 (2004). [10] G. Juzeliunas, P. Öhberg, J. Ruseckas, and A. Klein, Phys. Rev. A 71, 053614 (2005). [11] G. Juzeliunas, J. Ruseckas, P. Öhberg, and M. Fleischhauer, Phys. Rev. A 73, 025602 (2006). [12] J. Dalibard, F. Gerbier, G. Juzeliu ̄nas, and P. Öhberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1523 (2011). [13] A. Cesa and J. Martin, Phys. Rev. A 88,062703 (2013). [14] A. Gaëtan, Y. Miroshnychenko, T. Wilk, A. Chotia, M. Viteau, D. Comparat, P. Pillet, A. Browaeys, and P. Grangier, Nature Physics 5, 115 (2009). [15] L. Béguin, A. Vernier, R. Chicireanu, T. Lahaye, and A. Browaeys, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 263201 (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailSymmetric N-qubit anticoherent states
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

Entanglement is among the key features of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, a lot of efforts has been made to quantify the amount of entanglement of various multipartite states, either pure or mixed ... [more ▼]

Entanglement is among the key features of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, a lot of efforts has been made to quantify the amount of entanglement of various multipartite states, either pure or mixed. In particular, the search for maximally entangled states (states maximizing certain measures of entanglement) has focused a great deal of attention, see e.g. Refs. [1–4]. In this work, we present a comprehensive study of maximally entangled symmetric N-qubit states with respect to the definition of Gisin [1]. According to this definition, a state is maximally entangled if all its one-qubit reduced density matrices are maximally mixed. These states maximize various entanglement measures, such as von Neumann and Meyer-Wallach entropies [5]. They are unique up to local unitaries within the class of states interconvertible under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC) [3]. Besides, they are conjectured to be maximally entangled with respect to the Negative Partial Transpose measure of entanglement [6]. As appreciated by B. Kraus, they play an important role in the determination of the local unitary equivalence of multiqubit states [7]. Moreover, they are maximally fragile (in the sense that they are the states which are the most sensitive to noise) and therefore have been proposed as ideal candidates for ultrasensitive sensors [1]. We provide general conditions for a symmetric state with an arbitrary number of qubits to be maximally entangled and identify families of SLOCC classes which do not contain any such states. We also compute various measure of entanglement associated with those states in order to characterize them further and find all maximally entangled states up to 4 qubits. We finally prove that maximally entangled states coincide with anticoherent states of order 1. According to the definition of Ref. [8], a symmetric state of N qubits is anticoherent to order t iff 〈(S·n)k〉 is independent of n for k = 1, . . . , t where n is a tridimensional unit vector and S is the collective spin operator associated to the N-qubit system. [1] N. Gisin, H. Bechmann-Pasquinucci, Phys. Lett. A 246 (1998). [2] A. Higuchi, A. Sudbery, Phys. Lett. A, 272, 213 (2000). [3] F. Verstraete, J. Dehaene, B. De Moor, Phys. Rev. A 68, 012103 (2003). [4] J. Martin, O. Giraud, P. A. Braun, D. Braun and T. Bastin, Phys. Rev. A 81, 062347 (2010). [5] D. A. Meyer, N. R. Wallach, J. Math. Phys. 43, 4273 (2002). [6] I. D. K. Brown, S. Stepney, A. Sudbery, and S. L. Braunstein, J. Phys. A 38, 1119 (2005). [7] B. Kraus, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 020504 (2010). [8] J. Zimba, EJTP 3, 10 (2006). [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of SFC interest for the determination of cholecalciferol and its impurities un pharmaceuticals
Andri, Bertyl ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg; Klinkenberg, Régis et al

Poster (2014, June 23)

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See detailPrésentation du Living LAb Smart Gastronomy Lab
Goffin, Dorothée ULg

Speech (2014)

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See detailMulti-period vehicle assignment with stochastic load availability
Pironet, Thierry ULg

Conference (2014, June 23)

This work investigates optimization techniques for a vehicle-load assignment problem. A company owning a limited fleet of vehicles wants to maximize its operational profit over an infinite horizon divided ... [more ▼]

This work investigates optimization techniques for a vehicle-load assignment problem. A company owning a limited fleet of vehicles wants to maximize its operational profit over an infinite horizon divided into periods. The profit stems from revenues for transporting full truckloads and costs derived from waiting idle and moving unladen. The stochastic component of the problem arises from projections on the realization of each transportation order, i.e. load. The methodology is based on optimizing decisions for deterministic scenarios. Several policies are generated in this way, from simple heuristics to more complex approaches, such as consensus and restricted expectation algorithms, up to policies derived from network flow models formulated over subtrees of scenarios. Myopic and a-posteriori deterministic optimizations models are used to compute bounds allowing for performance evaluation. Tests are performed on various instances featuring different number of loads, graph sizes, sparsity, and probability distributions. Performances are compared statistically over paired samples. The robustness of various policies with respect to erroneous evaluations of the probability distributions is also analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailManagement of night-only electricity meters
Merciadri, Luca ULg

Master's dissertation (2014)

In this Master’s thesis, the influence of PhotoVoltaic (PV) panels on the distribution network is explained and related available solutions are also mentioned. We focus on a solution which consists of ... [more ▼]

In this Master’s thesis, the influence of PhotoVoltaic (PV) panels on the distribution network is explained and related available solutions are also mentioned. We focus on a solution which consists of optimally using flexible loads. We consider a price signal with two settings: off- peak tariff and on-peak tariff. Some suitable loads are connected to specific electricity meters, called ‘night-only meters,’ which allow the consumption of power only in off-peak periods. We describe the meters’ characteristics and the suitable loads. We also discuss the aspects related to the practical implementation. Historically, off-peak periods were located during the night and on-peak periods during the day. Changing the assignment of off-peak periods is an easy method for distribution system operators to access to the flexibility of small consumers. This solution can be implemented quickly as the infrastructure needed already exists. We propose a mixed-integer linear model to assign optimally the off-peak hours so as to maximize a social welfare. This welfare gathers together the cost of electricity, the financial losses due to energy curtailments of PV installations and the loads’ wellbeing. Our model considers automatic tripping of inverters and constraints of the electrical distribution networks. We target night-only meters, but an extension to dual-hourly meters is also presented. The results compare the application of the classical pattern against the optimal one for summer and winter days, the influence of the available variable power for a summer day, and the use of a monthly-optimal pattern against the classical one for a summer month. The new disposition of off-peak hours can reduce by 50% the PV energy curtailed in the summer, and can also help reducing the power flow going through the High-Voltage (HV)/Medium-Voltage (MV) transformer. The document ends by a cost analysis comparing the homes’ money gains in two main cases: classical pattern and monthly-optimal one, for a summer month. For each case, the Distribution System Operator (DSO) either refunds curtailments or not. Four different types of homes are considered: with or without night-only meters, with or without PV. This analysis allows to know rapidly who earns money and who looses money by getting plausible values of electricity bills. [less ▲]

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See detailNMR in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical areas for identification and quantification of drugs and metabolomics applications
LAMBERT, Vincent ULg; Dufour, Gilles ULg; Chiap, Patrice ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 23)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is probably, with mass spectrometry, the most powerful analytical tool for the structural determination of organic compounds. For a long time and due to technical ... [more ▼]

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is probably, with mass spectrometry, the most powerful analytical tool for the structural determination of organic compounds. For a long time and due to technical limitations, the main applications of NMR were focused on chemistry (organic, inorganic and medicinal chemistry) or biochemistry (i.e. proteins and proteins ligands analysis). Indeed, despite of very interesting potential in terms of structural information, reproducibility, specificity, quantification, NMR suffered of a lack of sensitivity and sometime of resolution in the case of complex mixture analysis in comparison with other technics. However, since several years, important technical improvements such as huge increase in sensitivity, hyphenation of NMR with LC system, automation and development of 2D and presaturation sequences have opened new putative applications for NMR, specifically in the pharmaceutical and biomedical areas. Then, beside the mass and chromatographic technics classically used for drug analysis, NMR represents an interesting and complementary tool for many applications. In this presentation, we will describe some NMR applications related to the pharma area. Starting from the identification of xenobiotic metabolites by coupling LC-SPE-NMR data with LC-MS/MS results, quantification of cyclodextrines in complex media, identification of illicit compounds, we will finish with our recent metabolomics NMR developments. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude du mouvement autorotatif des grues sous vent turbulent
Vanvinckenroye, Hélène ULg

Master's dissertation (2014)

This work aims to study the motion of tower cranes subjected to turbulent wind. Tower cranes are structures composed of a rigid mast and a rotating jig. The jig may exhibit autorotations that could lead ... [more ▼]

This work aims to study the motion of tower cranes subjected to turbulent wind. Tower cranes are structures composed of a rigid mast and a rotating jig. The jig may exhibit autorotations that could lead to partial or total collapse of the structure. The crane is modeled by a single degree-of-freedom oscillator assuming a perfectly rigid jig rotating around a fixed point representing the jig-mast connection. In case of a unidirectional and spatially uniform velocity field, the problem presents strong similarities with a vertically excited pendulum. Three models are developed. The first one focuses on the behavior of the jig under some simplified assumptions, as a unidirectional and spatially uniform velocity field. This model aims to understand the behavior of the crane with a limited number of parameters. Depending on the shape of the velocity field, the response of the structure is characterized by the variance of the angular position and velocity, the percentage of autorotations, etc. In case of a deterministic and periodic wind velocity, the stability of the jig is represented in the amplitude-frequency parameter space and instability lobes can be highlighted for characteristic frequencies of the sollicitation. The intermediate and complete models raise the assumptions of the first model and define a realistic wind field characterized by its power spectral density. The stochastic process is studied thanks to Monte Carlo simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailrecherche de nouvelles potentialités des bacteries du genre Bacillus pour l'agriculture et l'agroalimentaire
Ait Kaki, Asma ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

L’exploration des échantillons en provenance de divers environnements de l’Est Algérien (du lac salé de Ain M’lila et de la rhizosphère d’une plante adjacente ; de l’eau de la source thermale d’Oued El ... [more ▼]

L’exploration des échantillons en provenance de divers environnements de l’Est Algérien (du lac salé de Ain M’lila et de la rhizosphère d’une plante adjacente ; de l’eau de la source thermale d’Oued El-Athmanya et du sol environnant ; de la rhizosphère de la plante Calendula officinalis, cultivée en serre à Setif) a abouti à l’obtention de 39 isolats de Bacillus et de Paenibacillus, dont 28 % sont sélectionnés pour leur capacité à inhiber la croissance de certaines moisissures phytopathogènes comme : Alternaria alternata, Aspergillus niger, Botrytis cinerea, Cladosporium cucumerinium, Fusarium oxysporium et Fusarium sp. Le calcul du taux d’inhibition de la croissance fongique par les isolats sélectionnés, réalisé, à titre d’exemple, sur F. oxysporium et B. cinerea, a permis d’obtenir des valeurs variant entre 39% et 84% suivant l’isolat. L’identification moléculaire des isolats sélectionnés par l’analyse d’ADN-16S et du gène « gyrase-A » a montré que les isolats de Ain M’lila appartiennent à Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, ceux isolés d’Oued El Athmanya sont : B. amyloliquefaciens, B. atrophaeus et B. mojavensis, enfin, les bactéries isolées de la rhizosphère de C. officinalis, sont : Paenibacillus polymyxa, B. velezensis, B. amyloliquefaciens et B. subtilis subsp. spizezenii. Les souches de Bacillus sélectionnées développent, dans les conditions de culture en fioles, des taux de sporulation importants variant entre 8 .108 et 27.108 spores/ml., alors que, le taux de sporulation chez P. polymyxa est insignifiant. Seuls les isolats de B. amyloliquefaciens sont capables de produire de la protéase. Cependant, l’activité cellulasique est observée chez toutes les espèces de Bacillus étudiées exceptant le B. atrophaeus qui a été le seul à produire de la chitinase. Toutes les espèces étudiées ont les mêmes capacités à produire les trois familles de lipopeptides (iturines, fengycines et surfactine), les siderophores et l’indole 3 acide acétique (IAA). Toutefois, le P. polymyxa (18SRTS) produit, dans les conditions expérimentales, une meilleure concentration d’IAA (54µg/ml). Par ailleurs, il est à mettre en exergue que, les B. amyloliquefaciens isolés du lac salé et de la source thermale produisent de nouvelles variantes de fengycines. En effet, il a été mis en évidence que le B. amyloliquefaciens (ET), produit de nouveaux homologues de fengycines A et B, ayant des chaines d’acides gras à 20 et à 18 atomes de carbone, respectivement, et deux nouvelles variantes de fengycines (fengycine X et Y) à cycles peptidiques dont la structure diffère de celle des fengycines conventionnelles. L’activité antifongique de certains isolats (B. amyloliquefaciens (ET), B. atrophaeus (6SEL), B. mojavensis (9SEL), B. amyloliquefaciens (9SRTS) et B. subtilis subsp. spizezenii (23SRTS)) sur milieux gélosés à base d’exsudats racinaires de tomate, de courgette et d’haricot, obtenus à différentes températures a été observée, vis-à-vis d’Alternaria alternata et de F. oxysporium. En complément, les souches B. atrophaeus (6SEL), B. amyloliquefaciens (9SRTS) et B. subtilis sub sp spizezenii (23SRTS), ont fait l’objet d’une production industrielle avec un taux de survie, après lyophilisation, très appréciable et leurs test in situ en serre et en champs sur le pois chiche a révélé une capacité intéressante de biofertilisation, de phytostimulation et de biocontrôle, ce qui justifie largement l’objectif assigné à cette recherche. [less ▲]

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See detailBrûlons (un peu) les business plans !
Dufays, Frédéric ULg

Article for general public (2014)

L’impact du business plan sur la performance de l’entrepreneur est contesté. Souvent considéré comme une obligation, le business plan a-t-il dès lors encore une utilité ? Nous montrons qu'outre sa ... [more ▼]

L’impact du business plan sur la performance de l’entrepreneur est contesté. Souvent considéré comme une obligation, le business plan a-t-il dès lors encore une utilité ? Nous montrons qu'outre sa fonction de support de réflexion pour l'entrepreneur, le business plan constitue un signal pour les parties prenantes (et les investisseurs en particulier), et permet dès lors de construire une légitimité pour l'entrepreneur, qui peut faciliter le processus d'acquisition de ressources. [less ▲]

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